February 3, 2014

Free help with financial-aid application available Feb. 9 at FRCC

Free help in preparing the college financial aid application will be available from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at Front Range Community College.

It’s College Goal Sunday, and college financial aid experts will be available to assist students in filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. FAFSA is the first step for any student who wants to pay for college with the help of grants, scholarships, work-study, or student loans. Students are encouraged to submit their FAFSA as soon as possible after the first of the year to maximize their chances of receiving aid, because some funding is limited.

Financial aid experts will be available at three FRCC campuses:

Spanish translators will be available at all three sites.

A scholarship drawing for College Goal Sunday attendees will be take place after the event. Students can enter to win a $1,000 scholarship.

FRCC is one of 19 sites in Colorado participating in College Goal Sunday.

To prepare the FAFSA, it’s helpful for students and parents or guardians to have readily available:

  • Social Security numbers
  • Driver’s license numbers
  • 2013 W-2 forms and other records of money earned
  • 2013 untaxed income records, such as Social Security, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, welfare, and veterans benefits records
  • 2013 bank statements
  • 2013 business and investment mortgage information, business and farm records, and stock, bond, and other investment records
  • Alien registration cards if not U.S. citizens

A personal identification number (PIN) from www.pin.ed.gov will allow for electronic signature and filing of the FAFSA for faster processing. It’s helpful but not required to have 2012 federal tax returns filled out when working on the FAFSA even if the returns have not been filed yet.

This is the eighth year for College Goal Sunday in Colorado. The Lumina Foundation has provided funds and the model to help establish College Goal Sunday in 30 states.

More information is available at www.collegegoalcolorado.org.

College Goal Sunday partners are the Colorado Association of Financial Aid Administrators, CollegeInvest, Colorado Department of Higher Education, Dilley Printing, the Lumina Foundation for Education, and Regis University.

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About Front Range Community College

FRCC offers nearly 100 degree and certificate programs from locations in Boulder County, Larimer County, Westminster, and Brighton, and online.

FRCC is a member of the Colorado Community College System, the state’s largest system of higher education. CCCS serves more than 162,000 students annually. The system oversees career and academic programs in the 13 state community colleges and career and technical programs in more than 160 school districts and six other post-secondary institutions.


About the author:

John Feeley is director of public relations at Front Range Community College. He’s a somewhat-frequent bicycle commuter, a certified soccer referee, and a newspaper editor whose subscription ran out.

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